“Walk to School Wednesday”: 8:30-9 a.m., June 11, Island Park Elementary School. Join walking and biking groups to walk, bike or bus to school. Marlo Isaac, 232-8858.


“Walk to School Wednesday”: 8:30-9 a.m., June 11, Island Park Elementary School. Join walking and biking groups to walk, bike or bus to school. Marlo Isaac, 232-8858.

Student Art Display: through June 13, Mercer Island Chamber Gallery, 7613 S.E. 27th St. Student art from West Mercer Elementary’s fourth-graders.

“Phantom Tollbooth”: through June 14, Youth Theatre Northwest. Tickets: $13. 232-4145 ext. 109,

“Life and Drama after High School”: 7 p.m., June 18, Youth Theatre Northwest, 8805 S.E. 40th St. A panel of college and post-grad Youth Theatre Northwest alumni meet with high school students interested in pursuing drama after graduation. Free.

Youth Theatre Northwest Camps: June 23, 8805 S.E. 40th St. Week-long camps with half-day/full-day options. For ages 3-18. Creative drama, acting foundation, specialty camps. 232-4145 ext. 100,

Clarke Beach Volunteer Opportunity: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 26. Join EarthCorps, MI Parks and Rec. for urban forest restoration. Tools, gloves, training provided. Sign up:

Seattle Brain Cancer Walk: 9 a.m., June 28, Mercer Island High School track. Registration: 8-9 a.m. Benefits the new Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at Swedish/Cherry Hill in Seattle. Individuals’ pre-registration fee: $25. Teams: group of five or more. Register: (206) 320-7162,

MIVAL Junior Art Show: submit entries, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., July 7, Wells Fargo Bank. Pick up entry forms at Wells Fargo Bank, Chamber of Commerce, Cascade Frames, MI schools. Colleen Mohn, 232-2136; Genny Rees, 232-6354.

MIHS Class of 1968 40-Year Reunion: 6:30 p.m., Sept. 20, MI Beach Club. Graduates’ night: 7 p.m., Sept. 19, Roanoke Inn. Call (425) 644-1044 with your contact information or that of hard-to-find friends.

Mercer Island School District Preschool Program: openings available for fall 2008. For ages 3-5. Pick up forms at West Mercer Elementary School. $300/month. Leslie Waters, 236-3329.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): Train to become a volunteer advocate in court for abused, neglected children. Must be at least 21, attend training. (206) 296-1120,,

Volunteers needed: MI Youth & Family Services seeks front desk office volunteers at the Luther Burbank building to provide customer service, staff assistance: 9 a.m.-noon, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fridays. Kim Richards, 275-7611;


Hammer & Nails Kids’ School of Woodworking Workshops: Classes available during the weeks of June 16 and June 23, Mercer Island Montessori School. Learn how to use hand tools to build a project out of wood. Materials, safety gear provided. Ages 4-5, $75. Ages 6-10, $85. Register: Brad Meyer, Montessori teacher and craftsman, (425) 562-3071,

Washington Health Care Caucus: Town hall meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., June 19, University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle. Healthy Washington Coalition invites the community to discuss Washington health care issues and reform. Free.


Pacific Northwest Audio Society: meeting, 7:30 p.m., second Thursday, June 12, Mercer Island Congregational Church basement, 4545 Island Crest Way. Dedicated to the exploration and enjoyment of fine audio and music since 1978.

“Mischief” exhibition: through Aug. 1, Women Painters Gallery, Columbia Center third level, 701 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Free, open to the public.


The following events take place at the Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E., unless otherwise noted. Please call 236-3537 for more information. Registration is required.


Get Organized – Get Writing: 7 p.m., June 18. Speaker: Alexis Morgan, bestselling author, on how to get organized to write, and setting goals to achieve success in your writing career.


Book Buddies: 2-4 p.m., Mondays, June 23-Aug. 11. Children ages 5 to 8 are invited to read with a local literacy-trained teen for one 20-minute session. Drop-in.

Incredible Insects: 2 p.m., June 24. Presented by Pacific Science Center. Ages 5 and up. Explore the world of insects and see a live Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. Learn to use a microscope and how to separate insects from arthropods. Limited space.

Beetlemania: 7 p.m., June 26. Presented by Brian Waite Band. Ages 3 and up. “Beetle Brian,” “Termite Todd,” “Cricket Clif” perform at the legendary “Twigstock” peace festival.


Finals Study Sessions: 3 p.m., through June 12, small meeting room.

Teen Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party: 3:30 p.m., June 13. Celebrate the last day of school and Teen Summer Reading program kick-off. Ice cream sundae, video games, summer reading forms, prizes.

Book Buddy Training Orientation: 2 p.m., June 16. Help a child learn to love reading, and make a new friend. Book Buddy volunteer applications available at library, due before orientation.

Teen Advisory Board: 7 p.m., June 17. Discuss library’s teen materials, services, programs, earn one volunteer credit hour.

Girls vs. Guys – How to Draw Manga Bodies: 3:30 p.m., June 18. Learn Manga-style drawing basics from NDP Comics.

Book Buddies: 2-4 p.m., Mondays, June 23-Aug. 11. Help a child love reading while making a new friend.

Game On: 7 p.m., June 24. Wii, PS2, GameCube, Mario Kart, DDR, Super Smash Brothers, Wii Sports, Guitar Hero.

Parks &


Call (206) 275-7609 or register online at to receive a catalog of the Mercer Island Parks & Recreation Department events. Register for spring/summer activities online. All events are held at the Community Center at Mercer View (CCMV), 8236 S.E. 24th St., unless otherwise specified.

Thai Cooking: June 11. $71.

All-Island Garage Sale: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 14, Mercer Room.

Nature Vision Bug Safari: 1-2 p.m., June 14, meet at CCMV for walks in Luther Burbank Park. $11/child, parent. $5/sibling.

Nature Vision Water Bug Dip: 2:30-3:30 p.m., June 15, Luther Burbank Park. $11/child, parent. $5/sibling.

Dog Obedience: June 22, July 13, 20, 27. Joyce’s Dog Obedience Services, Inc. No dogs the first night. $96.


Youth Sailing Camps: Jr. Opti Camp, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-4 p.m., July 7-11, ages 6-8, $226. Opti Camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 4-8 and 11-15, ages 8-13, $351. In partnership with Sail Sand Point, at Luther Burbank Park.

Youth Kayak Camps: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5:30 p.m., July 21-25 and Aug. 25-29. Ages 11-15. $301.

Adult Kayak Tours: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., July 19; 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m., Aug. 23. $71.

Specialized Recreation Day Sails: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., July 25 and Aug. 22. Dannie, 275-7891. $21.

Parks & Rec. Seniors

Grief & Loss Support Group: 1-2:30 p.m., June 12, Board Room.

Widow and Widowers Grief & Loss Support Group: 1-2:30 p.m., June 12. For senior adult men and women who have lost a spouse. Free. Reservations: Betsy Zuber, 275-7752.

Parkinson Disease Caregivers Support Group: 1:30-3 p.m., June 12, Health Room.

Cougar Mountain Zoo trip: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., June 13, depart CCMV. $21.

Adult Children of Loved Ones with Parkinson Disease: 7-8 p.m., June 16, Slater Room.

Parkinson Disease Group: 2-3:30 p.m., June 17, Calkins Room.

Senior Commission: 7-8:30 p.m., June 19.

Grocery Shopping Transportation: Wednesday mornings. Call 275-7895, press 1, leave a message by 4 p.m. the day before shopping. $1.

Senior lunch at Covenant Shores: noon, Tuesday, Thursday. Reservations: 275-7895, ext. 2. $4.25.

Volunteers needed: Parks & Rec. needs help with the Senior Transportation Program. Jeannette, 275-7841.

Summer Camps

Call 275-7609 to sign up. Camps begin during the week of June 23.

Kamp Rock: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday to Friday, CCMV. Ages 6-11. Arts and crafts, games, swimming, field trips. $185.

Little Champs Sports Camp: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday to Friday, Island Crest Park. Ages 4-7. $82.

Itsy Bitsy Islanders: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday to Friday, W. Mercer Elementary. Ages 3-5. $125.

Boys &

Girls Club

All events take place at the Boys & Girls Club, 2825 West Mercer Way, unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register: 232-4548,

Rock Shop: 4 p.m., Mondays. Jam session for beginners. 9 classes/$189.

MI Judo Dojo: practices 6:15-8 p.m., Tuesdays. Instructor: Harold Yamada.

Registration for Summer Camps: now open, Summer day camps for ages 5-14 include games, arts and crafts, cooking, field trips, special events. Activities: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Voyager and Explorer Day Camps: Grades K-3. Adventure Camps: Grades 4-5. Teen Travel Camps: Grades 6-8. Skyhawk Sports, Spanish Language, Art, Science Adventure camps.


All events are located at the Stroum JCC, 3801 E. Mercer Way. Please contact Roni Antebi at (206) 232-7115 ext. 269 or to RSVP and register for all events.

Poker game: 12:30-3 p.m., June 11.

Special Movie Club and Discussion: “Six Days in June — the War That Redefined the Middle East,” 12:30 p.m., June 12. “Six Days” chronicles the Six-Day War. Al Ziontz to lead discussion.

Showdown in a Beauty Shop: 12:30-1:30 p.m., June 16. Speaker: retired lawyer Al Ziontz on law cases.

Mah Jongg: 12:30-3:30 p.m., Fridays, Polack Lounge. Free/JCC members, $2/non-members.

Bridge Group: 12:30-3 p.m., Fridays, Room 200. Free/JCC members, $2/non-members.


Congregational Church of Mercer Island: Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m., nursery care provided. Children’s Sunday School during worship. Adult Education: 9 a.m., Sundays. High School Youth Group/Sunday School: 6 p.m. 4545 Island Crest Way, (206) 232-7800,,

Congregation Shevet Achim: Shabbat services, 9 a.m. between Sukkot, Pesach; 9:30 a.m. between Pesach, Sukkot. Northwest Yeshiva High School sanctuary, 5017 90th Ave. S.E.; President Rich Gilmore, (206) 232-1060.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church: Sunday worship services/Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. Contemporary Eucharist: 5 p.m., chapel. Emmanuel Children’s Breakfast: 9 a.m. Children’s Choir rehearsal: 9:30 a.m. Adult Education: 9:15-10:15 a.m. Parish BBQ: June 15, meet new rector Rev. William Hunt Priest. Tai Chi classes: Mondays through July 7. Family Summer Program: Praying as a Family,

5:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, July 9, 16, 23, 30; dinner served; learn how to talk about faith, pray in the home; participants from any faith tradition welcome; $40/family (scholarships available). Layweeders Volunteer Gardeners: 10-12 a.m., Monday. Healing Service: 9:30 a.m., Wednesday. Tea & Talk Knitting Group: 2 p.m., Thursday. 4400 86th Ave. S.E. 232-1572,

First Church of Christ, Scientist: services and Sunday School, 10 a.m. S.E. 47th & Island Crest Way. Wednesday meetings: 7:30 p.m. Childcare available. Reading Room: open weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 7605 S.E. 27th St. 232-0175,

First Taiwanese Presbyterian Church: Christian Education, 9:15 a.m. Worship: 10:40 a.m., Sundays, Fireside Room. Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E. (206) 232-5595.

Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation: services, 6 p.m., Fridays and 9:15 a.m., Saturdays. Daily Minyan: 7 a.m. Minyan at 9 a.m. on Sundays, secular holidays. Pre-Neg: 5:30 p.m., Fridays. 3700 E. Mercer Way. (206) 232-8555,

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church: Sunday worship schedule, 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m. (childcare available). Sunday School/education hour: 9 a.m. Vacation Bible School “Justice & Grace”: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Aug. 18-22 (preschoolers: 9 a.m.-noon); $85/grades K-5. $50/preschool; registration forms available at church and Web site. 8501 S.E. 40th St. 232-3270.

Latter Day Saints Mormon Church: Sacrament meeting, 9 a.m. Sunday School: 10:10 a.m. Priesthood, Relief Society, Young Women: 11:10 a.m. 4001 Island Crest Way. 236-2957.

Mercer Island Covenant Church: worship services, 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., Sundays. Sunday School for all ages: 9:45 a.m. High School Youth Group: 6:30 p.m., Sundays. 3200 78th Ave. S.E. 232-1015, ext. 100,

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church: Sunday worship — Breakfast Service, 8:15 a.m.; Traditional Service, 10:35 a.m.; Evening Service, 5 p.m. Summer Hike: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., June 21, destination TBA. Senior Road Trip (Super 60s & Beyond): 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 25, to Snoqualmie Pass. Young Adults BBQ: 6-7:30 p.m., Mondays, Paul and Devon Barrett’s home. Women’s Bible Study: 10-11:30 a.m., Mondays. Men’s Open Gym Pick-Up Basketball: 8:30 p.m., Thursdays, all are welcome. 3605 84th Ave. S.E. 232-5595,

Mercer Island United Methodist Church: Sunday School, 10 a.m. Sunday worship: 11 a.m. Childcare available. All are welcome. 7070 S.E. 24th St. 232-3044,

New Hope International Church: Sunday services, 10 a.m. (English), 2 p.m. (Thai). 3-Day Fast and Prayer: June 11-13. Revival and Prayer Service: 7:30 p.m., June 13. Children’s VeBS (Bible School): “Building a Sure Foundation,” 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., weekdays, June 23-27. Men’s Brunch: 10 a.m., June 28. A prayer session is available for those who need healing. 9170 S.E. 64th St. 275-1042,

Redeemer Lutheran Church: worship and kids’ services, 10 a.m. Fellowship and Bible study: 11 a.m. All are welcome. Redeemer is handicap-accessible. Worship is uplifting, joyful. 6001 Island Crest Way. Pastor Bill Clements, 232-1711,

St. Monica Catholic Church: RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation Adults), 7:30-9 p.m., Wednesdays, St. Monica School Library, 4320 87th Ave. S.E. Childcare provided. Dan Stevenson, 232-9829. 4301 88th Ave. S.E. 232-2900.